Streetfield is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Streetfield family lived in Kent
. Their name, however, is a reference to Estreville, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Streetfield family
The surname Streetfield was first found in Kent
. They were originally from Estreville in Normandy
, and became known as De Stratavilla. They were Lords of the manor of Chiddingstone in that shire. One source claims "Among some papers preserved in the family, it is noted that an ancestor, travelling about a century since in Saxony
, met with a family named Streightveldt, who bore the arms and crest of the Kentish Streatfeilds." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
A couple of comments on this reference: as the book was written in 1860, one would presume that the author is referring to 1760; and secondly the reader should be aware that most "field" names were originally spelt "feild."
Early History of the Streetfield family
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Streetfield Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Streetfield are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Streetfield include Streatfield, Streatfeild, Streetfield, Stratfield and others.
Early Notables of the Streetfield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Streetfield family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Streetfield, or a variant listed above: H. Stratfield settled in Barbados in 1680.
The Streetfield Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Data Fata Secutus
Motto Translation: Following my destiny.